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Black art, hip-hop and skateboarding: A guide to some of the coolest events for Miami Art Week

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

And no it’s not because the holidays are around the corner.

Art Basel and Miami Art Week are upon us and of course we had to hip you to some of the best events – especially for the diaspora.

While this list is certainly not the definitive guide (you got to know somebody who knows somebody if you want to party like a superstar), it’s a start, one that will surely provide you a snapshot of the best Basel events that will certainly make this year unforgettable. Whether you want to buy some Black art, discover more about hip-hop past and present or just find the best parties, this guide is for you.

By no means is this guide definitive so if I miss anything, feel free to send it to csmalls@mimiherald.com.

BROWNSVILLE

Concert:

  • Arts Blues and Soul Concert featuring Eric Benét (7 p.m. on Dec. 9 at African Heritage Cultural Arts Center)

DOWNTOWN

Artwork by artist Oluwabori Gafar is displayed at the Art Prizm Fair during Art Basel in the Design District neighborhood of Miami, Florida, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.
Artwork by artist Oluwabori Gafar is displayed at the Art Prizm Fair during Art Basel in the Design District neighborhood of Miami, Florida, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

PRIZM 2023

Looks like PRIZM wants to deliver a history lesson.

Just look at its theme – “Civilization is Not Civil” – which the websites further describes as an exploration of “the irony that civilizations are born of not-so-civil acts.”

Civilizations “are rarely built by consent, but instead through acts of overt and/or covert violence, and manipulation,” the website description reads. “Economic systems, policies, and geopolitics play an integral in shaping societies that oppress many but generously serve few.”

This year’s festivities will be broken into four parts – Prizm Panels, Prizm Perform, Prizm Film, Prizm Preview and Prizm Art Fair – all of which will include work from 51 artists and 12 galleries from Africa and the African Diaspora.

Date: Dec. 5-10

Time: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Location: 1501 Biscayne Blvd. Miami

Tickets: $25-$500

Visit https://prizm.art/prizmpatrons/ for more information.

LITTLE HAITI

“A Call to the Ancestors” Poster
“A Call to the Ancestors” Poster

A Call to the Ancestors

Come celebrate the ancestors at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

Curated by the Miami Herald photographer Carl Juste, “A Call to the Ancestors” teaches visitors about the importance of our individual and collective histories through a combination of photos, essays and visual art. The project centers Lincoln Memorial Park, the final resting place of many Black Miami luminaries which had fallen under disrepair as a result of segregation and neglect.

The exhibit is featured as part of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance 2023 Global Borderless Caribbean Art Basel show in collaboration with Florida International University’s Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab. Featured artists include Morel Doucet, Leonard Pitts, Elisa Turner and Isaiah Smalls (yours truly).

Dates: Dec. 8-10

Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Dec. 8), 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. (Dec. 9-10)

Location: 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami

Tickets: Free

Visit https://haitianculturalartsalliance.org/ for more information.

Defiance: Open Resistance; Bold Disobedience poster
Defiance: Open Resistance; Bold Disobedience poster

Defiance: Open Resistance; Bold Disobedience

The year 2020 was certainly one to remember.

Between the spread of COVID-19 and the murder of George Floyd, the subsequent global uprising for Black lives was a passionate plea for racial equality.

That the protests happened everywhere from Fort Lauderdale to Fresno only fed into the mystique of 2020. At “Defiance: Open Resistance; Bold Disobedience,” visitors will get a chance to relive some of the demonstrations from across the country. Featuring the work of award-winning photographers and curated by Juste, the exhibit reexamines “the aftermath of George Floyd’s death with an in-depth discussion about democracy, civil action, race, and how we — as a community and as a nation — can collectively move forward,” according to the press release.

“Defiance” will be the first exhibition as part of iWitness ArtSpace, a collaborative project between FIU’s Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab and IPC ArtSpace.

Date: Dec. 2-March 10, 2024

Time: 4-8 p.m. (Dec. 2), 6-9 p.m. (Monday-Thursday) and 12-8 p.m. (Friday-Sunday)

Location: 225 NE 59th St, Miami

Tickets: Free

Visit https://haitianculturalartsalliance.org/ for more information.

Afro-Futurism Digital Art Exhibition

The Little Haiti Cultural Center will host an Afro-Futurism Digital Art Exhibition that kicks off Dec. 4. A panel discussion about the connection between artificial intelligence and Afro-Futurism will begin the activities while a partnership with the Miami Virtual Museum will “provide a mind-bending virtual reality showcase,” according to LHCC director Qunyatta Warren. There will also be an immersive AI component to the exhibit as well.

Date: Dec. 4-10

Time: 6-9 p.m. (Dec. 4), 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. (Dec. 5-10)

Location: Little Haiti Cultural Center- Theater Lobby, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami

Tickets: Free

Visit https://www.instagram.com/lhccmiami/?hl=en for more information

LITTLE HAVANA

Art, Beats & Lyrics

The annual Jack Daniels-sponsored event features some of the most unique Black art pieces as well as a performance by a renowned musician. Past performers include Ceelo Green, Jazzy Jeff and Mannie Fresh.

Date: Dec. 9

Time: 7 p.m. - midnight

Location: LoanDepot Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miam

Tickets: Free but first come first serve

Visit https://jackhoneyabl.rsvp360.co/ for more information

MIAMI BEACH

MUSE Art Fair Presents No More Starving Artists

Whether you’re a fan of painting, photography or sculptures, “No More Starving Artists” has some for you.

A collaboration between MUSE Art Fair and ATB Fine Art Group, “No More Starving Artists” will be back in Miami Beach for its fifth year. MUSE remains the only fair dedicated to Black, multicultural and women artists in Miami Beach, according to its website.

Date: Nov. 30- Dec. 10

Time: 12 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Location: 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Tickets: Free

Visit https://www.museartfair.com/visitors-miami for more information.

PARTIES/ CONCERTS:

  • Hip-Hop Social (7 p.m. - Late on Dec. 6 at Mickey Burkes)

  • Action Bronson Presents Dr. Bachlava and Human Growth Hormone (8-11 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Miami Beach Bandshell)

NORTH MIAMI

AfriKin Art Fair 2023

Discover some of the best artists from the Motherland only at the Afrikin Art Fair.

With this year’s theme being “Celebrating the Beauty and Brilliance of Global Africa,” there will be a heavy focus on the intersection of Afrofuturism and traditional African art.

In addition to the various artworks on display, there will be several panel discussions that examine everything from the erasure of Black history to the emergence of artificial intelligence to navigating cancel culture.

Date: Dec. 3-10

Time: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: 1600 NE 126th St., North Miami

Tickets: Free

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afrikin-art-fair-2023-art-basel-miami-art-week-tickets-706835934307 or AfriKin.art for more information.



OPA-LOCKA

Work by Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo is part of the show Art of Transformation in Opa-Locka.
Work by Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo is part of the show Art of Transformation in Opa-Locka.

Art of Transformation 2023

There’s a quite an art collection building in Opa-locka.

Presented by Ten North Group, Art of Transformation is a combination of four different exhibits – “Fragmented Worlds/ Coherent Lives,”“Cartographies of Displacement,” “Garden of Humanity” and “I’ve Known Rivers” – that includes the work of artists of African descent from around the globe. Another key feature of the Art of Transformation is programming like the “Required Reading Public Art Project,” a combination of panel discussions, public readings and an installation entitled “The Garden of Humanity” all focused on the importance of Black writers amid the string of book bannings around the country.

Each exhibit examines issues through the lens of African and African Diaspora contemporary art.

Date: Dec. 2-Feb. 28, 2024 (“Fragmented Worlds/ Coherent Lives”); Dec. 2-June 30, 2024 (“Garden of Humanity”); Dec. 2- Dec. 10 (“Cartographies of Displacement,”“I’ve Known Rivers” and “Required Reading Public Art Project”)

Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Location: 675 Ali Baba Ave, Opa-locka (“Fragmented Worlds/ Coherent Lives” and “Required Reading Public Art Project”); 650 Ali Baba Ave., Opa-locka (“Cartographies of Displacement”); 757 Ali Baba Ave., Opa-locka (“Garden of Humanity”); 490 Opa-locka Blvd., Opa-locka (“I’ve Known Rivers”)

Tickets: Free admission with RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com

Visit https://www.tennorthgroup.com/art-of-transformation for more information

OVERTOWN

Save Black Art

The children are the future.

So Youth Concept Gallery transformed the D.A. Dorsey House in Overtown to showcase their talents. The gallery will feature a host of works in the various fields of graffiti, visual art, film, photography and more.

Date: Dec. 1-10

Time: noon-7 p.m.

Location: 250 NW Ninth St., Miami

Tickets: Free

Visit https://www.miamiandbeaches.com/event/save-black-art/28110 for more information



The Boys-Mark Thomas Gibson
The Boys-Mark Thomas Gibson

This Life: Black Life in the Time of Now

There seems to be recurrent theme this year: virtual reality.

The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora will be right on brand when it launches “This Life: Black Life in the Time of Now” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2023 at The Urban.

A documentary and digital exhibition, “This Life delves into the intricate tapestry of contemporary Black existence through creative lenses and weaves together the personal narratives of four visual artists, offering an immersive experience that transcends geographical boundaries,” according the press release.

Attendees will be provided VR headsets to see four different artists’ work. Those unable to make it in-person can tune in at https://shorturl.at/jxA49.

Date: Dec. 4

Time: 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Location: 1000 NW Second Ave., Miami

Tickets: Free with RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com

Visit https://www.miamimocaad.org/ for more information

Brandon Clarke, Frame Work - 48”x60” at Point Comfort Art Fair
Brandon Clarke, Frame Work - 48”x60” at Point Comfort Art Fair

Point Comfort Art Fair & Show presented by Hampton Art Lovers:

Hip-hop changed the world.

And as the celebration of the global phenomenon’s 50th birthday continues, Hampton Art Lovers jumped in with its theme of “Before the Culture (BE for the Culture)” which will showcase art influenced by hip-hop.

The exhibit will feature the works of several artists including Rahsaan “Fly Guy” Alexander, Judy Bowman and its cultural ambassador the Honorable George Clinton.

Other exhibits featured in Point Comfort include the Miami-Dade Public Library’s historic collection of Black art entitled “For the People: 700 the Arts,” “Bespoke Motor Gallery: Art Rigs and Rugged Elegance” that focuses on cars and the Indaba Lounge Series, a combination of events including an opening reception, panel discussions and carefully curated DJ sets by Fly Guy and Six Millz.

Date: Dec. 7-10

Time: noon-8 p.m.

Location: 249 NW Ninth St., Miami

Tickets: Free with RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com

Visit https://www.hamptonartlovers.com/point-comfort-2023 for more information



Our Voice Matters: Our Community, Ourselves

Come see what Miami youth have cooked up with their cameras at “Our Voice Matters: Our Community, Ourselves,” URGENT, Inc.’s annual art show in Overtown.

Attendees will get a chance to see Miami through the eyes of its children. An opening paint and sip reception will kick off the exhibit on Dec. 7 while a Community Youth Arts Day will bring the show to a close on the 9th.

Date: Dec. 7-9

Time: 5-8 p.m. (Opening Paint & Sip Reception on Dec. 7), noon-3 p.m. (Community Youth Arts Day)

Location: 819 NW Second Ave. Miami

Tickets: $40 for the opening reception, free all other days

Visit https://www.urgentinc.org/our-voice-matters for more information



Basel B.A.E (Black Art Experience)

SocialXchange’s Alexis Brown has been curating safe spaces for Black Miamians for years.

Basel B.A.E. is no different. Think of a marketplace with work from local artists, installations from up-and-coming clothing brands and a DJ who will surely get you on your feet while you peruse the art.

Date: Dec. 8

Time: 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Location: 1000 NW 2nd Avenue Miami, Fl 33158

Tickets: Free-$800

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com for more information.



HIP-HOP PANEL

An esteemed list of hip-hop heads will come together on Dec. 10 to talk about the art of DJing. Panelists include DJ EFN (Drink Champs), Jarobi White (A Tribe Called Quest), K Foxx (99 Jamz) and DJ Nasty305 (99 Jamz).

The moderator will be DJ Tillery James of the DJ Collective with a special presentation by Isaiah Smalls (yours truly).

Date: Dec. 10

Time: Doors open at 3 p.m. Panel starts at 5 p.m.

Location: 920 NW Second Ave., Miami

Tickets: Free

Visit https://www.instagram.com/thepoolhall_rooster/ for more information



Parties:: Thank You Its Friday (Dec. 8, 2023 at the Red Rooster Pool Hall), The Shrine (Dec. 9, 2023 at the Red Rooster Pool Hall)

WYNWOOD

PS Social will host a Hov-themed celebration featuring live painting, a 10-foot sculpture and a panel discussion centered on Jay-Z’s impact on hip-hop culture.
PS Social will host a Hov-themed celebration featuring live painting, a 10-foot sculpture and a panel discussion centered on Jay-Z’s impact on hip-hop culture.

The Dynasty: A Tribute to Shawn Carter

December 4th marks Jay Z’s 54th birthday.

For the second straight year, PS Social will host a Hov-themed celebration featuring live painting, a 10-foot sculpture and a panel discussion centered on Jay-Z’s impact on hip-hop culture. A DJ will also be onsite spinning Hov’s catalog.

Definitely a must for fans of Jay-Z and hip-hop alike.

Date: Dec. 4

Time: 3-11:30 p.m.

Location: 51 NW 36th St., Miami, Fla. 33127

Tickets: $25-$100

For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com or https://pssocial.miami/

This photo of the Fugees is just one of pictures featured in The Art of Hip-Hop’s inaugural exhibition “From the Bronx to the Beach” on Dec. 5.
This photo of the Fugees is just one of pictures featured in The Art of Hip-Hop’s inaugural exhibition “From the Bronx to the Beach” on Dec. 5.

The Art Of Hip Hop:

A new museum that honors hip-hop’s unsung heroes will debut during Miami Art Week.

Created by Museum of Graffiti founders Allison Freidlin and Alan Ket, The Art of Hip-Hop will debut its inaugural exhibition “From the Bronx to the Beach” on Dec. 5. The exhibit will display memorabilia from pioneers including DJ Kool Herc and Uncle Luke as well as photographers and other people responsible for creating the visual identity of hip-hop.

A partnership with StockX will also yield a slew of programming including a panel led by Roc Nation Senior Vice President Lenny Santiago, DJ sets and a sneaker customization station.

Date: Dec. 5-8

Time: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Location: 299 NW 25th St., Miami, FL 33127

Tickets: first 250 people will get free tickets on the 5th and 6th/ $12 afterwards

For more information visit http://www.artofhiphop.com

Grammy Award-winning producer Salaam Remi is photographed at his Wynwood art gallery, MuseZeum.
Grammy Award-winning producer Salaam Remi is photographed at his Wynwood art gallery, MuseZeum.

MuseZeuM:

Salaam Remi is the quintessential creative.

The Miami Herald recently wrote about the Grammy Award-winning producer’s latest endeavor: the MuseZeuM, which opened in Dec. 2022.

A gallery without “the old gallery ways,” the MuseZeuM combines Remi’s love of music with his passion for visual art, crafting paintings of legends including Marvin Gaye, Celia Cruz and Slick Rick that double as speakers, also known as an Artboxxx.

In September, Remi unvealed his second wave of portraits, featuring the likes of Nas, Black Thought and Rakim.

Date: Dec. 6-9

Time: May vary (usually 12 p.m.- 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays)

Location: 2032 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL NW 25th St., Miami

Tickets: Check link https://lnk.bio/ra76

Visit https://nost.tech/ for more information

PARTIES:

  • Crates: The Soundtrack to the Essence of Hip-Hop (7 p.m.-12 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2023 at rácket)

  • Sumthin’ Special (10 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2023 at La Otra)

  • Sounds of Shrine (8 p.m.- 2 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2023 at 1-800-Lucky)

  • Soulection & Friends (9 p.m. - 2 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2023 at Oasis Wynwood)

  • Stamped (4- 11 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2023 at Higher Ground 3rd Floor Arlo Wynwood)

ALL AROUND TOWN

LOUD Week

The Love of Urban Design, an entertainment company focused on uplifting Black and brown creatives, celebrates 10 years of doing what they call “epic Black art and fashion events during Basel” in 2023.

Between Dec. 2-9, the group will host a combination of fashion shows, artist exhibitions, networking events, pop-up shops and brunch parties. LOUD’s main event will occur Dec. 6 when it hosts the LOUD MAIN EVENT Fashion Show at Bay 13 Brewery in Coral Gables.

Date: Dec. 2- Dec. 9, 2023

Time: Times may vary, Main events 6-9 p.m.

Location: Various locations

Tickets: $75

Visit https://www.loveofurbandesign.com/loudweek for more information.



Art Beat Miami

Art Beat Miami Art Fair Exhibition has a little bit of everything.

Visual art. Music. Fashion. Food. Parties. The common theme: all are inspired by the Caribbean and African Diaspora.

From Dec. 6-10, Art Beat Miami will deliver a plethora of diverse experiences that will take attendees across the county. It will ultimately culminate with the Art Beat Miami Festival on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

Date: Dec. 6-10

Time: various times

Location: various locations

Tickets: Free or By Invitation

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/art-beat-miami-15653882469 for more information

A skateboard flies at the first annual Abloh Invitational in 2022. The event was created to honor the late Virgil Abloh’s love of skateboarding.
A skateboard flies at the first annual Abloh Invitational in 2022. The event was created to honor the late Virgil Abloh’s love of skateboarding.

Abloh Skateboarding Invitational 2023:

The skateboarding world had a profound influence on Virgil Abloh, the late multi-hyphenate who passed away in 2021.

In his honor, Virgil Abloh Securities’ launched the Abloh Skateboarding Invitational, a four-day celebration that includes a trick competition, a free skate session and an exhibit featuring the work of renowned skateboarding photographer Atiba Jefferson. There will also be a community service day that includes free skateboarding clinics and workshops for the youth.

Date: Dec. 6-Dec. 10

Time: noon-3 p.m. (Invitational Skate Day on the 9), 1-4 p.m. (Community Service Day)

Location: 50 NE 40th St., Miami (Atiba Jefferson Exhibition); Lot 11, 301-349 NW Second St., Miami (Invitational Skate Day and Community Service Day)